Police Canine as a Career
In 1966, I was selected to attend the U.S. Air Force Sentry Dog School, located in Wiesbaden Germany. Little did I know then I would be retiring from the TN State Highway Patrol as their dog trainer in the year 2013. Canine has been one heck-of-a ride for me. I was involved in the very beginning of patrol, drug and explosives detectors for the military. I worked with mine/tunnel/tripwire dogs. I've handled sentry, patrol, drug, explosives and cadaver detector dog at some point in my career. I worked in research with dogs doing some things I'm still not sure I'm permitted to talk about. Ever hear of a water dog? I laugh when I think of Dr. Craig calling me a "Dinosaur in a Star Wars World", when I commented that the dog will remain the primary method of explosives detection during our lifetime. (That was in 1982) For the past 23+ years I have had the pleasure of being the trainer and Director of Canine for the State Patrol. Combined with the 23 years of military service with the MWD program I will be closing a career that has spanned over 46 years. I hope the future generation of dog handlers have the passion for K9 I have had this many years. I'm not leaving the forum, I'll keep my feet wet at least. I certainly do not see me buying a briefcase and joining the throng of "professional consultants" or going on the lecture circuit. I think I'll be content doing my woodworking and working on my Cushman Motor Scooters. I wish you all well and please remember, the primary objective remains; we go home when the shift is over.
Any behavior that is reinforced is more likely to occur again.